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Telephone:
01946 372656

Emergency Mobile:
07872 181619

Email:
admin@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk
head@lowca.cumbria.sch.uk

Postal Address:
Lowca Community School,
Lowca,
Whitehaven,
CA28 6QS.

Lowca Community School Music Aims and Vision

At Lowca Community School, our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others.   We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians. 

INTENT

‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’ (The National Curriculum)

Skills

The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Can sing and use their voices individually and in a group, building confidence to sing on both occasions
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others, looking at how music is structured
  • Use technology appropriately when composing
  • Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument
  • Explore and experiment with a variety of instruments to see how they work and can create different effects
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced, and communicated
  • Listen to, review, and evaluate the work of great composers and musicians from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
  • Enjoy and have an appreciation of a range of different musical styles and genres across eras and cultures
  • Use and understand musical language and include musical features in their own work
  • Understand and use music as a personal expression of emotion that can relate/ connect to many
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments
  • Have different opportunities to take part in performances

IMPLEMENTATION


The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities as well as weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of musical ensembles. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children can use the language of music to discuss it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Starting from Early Years, the children will be introduced to musical language, rhythm, and tempo, building to using musical notes through KS1, to then expand their musical knowledge in KS2 as genres and styles are explored to perform individually and collectively. In the classroom students learn how to play various un-tuned and tuned percussion instruments and starting from Year 3 through to Year 6, learn the recorder and keyboard. In doing so they understand the different principles of creating notes, as well as how to devise and read their own musical scores and basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

IMPACT


Whilst in school, children have opportunities to forge their own musical journey, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children can enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can discuss music and comprehend its parts. They can sing, feel a pulse, add rhythms, and create melodies in a group, and they can further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives.